Diablo FallOut

Ch. 5: Pendant Problems

Their warm and tender moment lasted much longer than either one of them planned. All Ron cared about was that he was seeing K.P. again, and he was determined to relish this moment. Kim, too, was enjoying their reunion, but one question had surfaced on her mind. She paused when Ron went to removed himself from their embrace, then ackowledged his move.

How on earth did he find me?

Is this a dream

If it is

Please don't wake me from this high

I'd become comfortably numb

Until you opened up my eyes

To what it's like

When everything's right

I can't believe

"How did you find me?" demanded Kim, pulling away from Ron, not caring that her green moon pendant was tangled up in Ron's red moon pendant. Ron cocked his head in confusion, then calmly attempted to disconnect the pendants.

"I didn't find you, you found me," Ron replied, carefully pulling on his pendant's chain. The two pendants began to glow, one a bright crimson; the other a lustrous clover. "Are these supposed to do that, cause I don't think they're supposed to do that!" Ron began to rub the chain back and forth.

"You're the one who bought them!" exclaimed Kim, beginning to yank on her pendant. A dull whirring now accompanied the glow as the two fought to untangle their pendants.

"I didn't buy them, I got them from Sensei in Japan," Ron answered, still messing with the dangling pendants as the whirring rose to a load roar in their ears. The light on the pendants began to glow ever brighter. "It's no use." He stopped fumbling with the pendants.

"Ronald Stoppable, are you telling me that you gave me a monkey amulet to wear!" shrieked Kim over the defeaning roar. She shielded her eyes from the light to look at Ron. "You are so..." To the casual observer, her sentence was cut off as a giant bright orb engulfed her and Ron. "...busted."

"K.P.," Ron said, edging closer to Kim nervously, "I don't think we're in Go City anymore."

You found me

When no one else was looking

How did you know just where I would be

Yeah, you broke through all of my confusion

The ups and the downs

And you still didn't leave

I guess that you saw what nobody could see

You found me

You found me

The two pendants unceremoniously fell apart. Kim huffed at them. "Oh sure, now you come apart..." Her words were cut short as she glanced upward. There was a tall mountain in front of her. "Where are we?" Ron shrugged his shoulder nonchalantly.

"You are the Yamanouchi school, Possible-chan," Sensei infromed her. Kim spun around as Ron let out a bloodcurdling yell and tripped into the dirt. Spatting out a lump of soil, Ron glanced upward. Standing in front of him, appearing to have popped out of thin air, was Sensei. Ron gave a sigh of relief and pushed himself.

"I wish you wouldn't do that, master Sensei dude," chided Ron. He stood up and stretched, his arms bending behind him.

"Do what, Stoppable-kun?" Yori had slunk out of the trees and sidled up behind Ron. His hair spiked straight up and he nearly fell into Kim.

"Have you people ever heard of, you know, just like waiting to be acknowledged as a guest?" Ron demanded, patting his hair down into it's proper, messy place. "Nice to see you again, Yori. You too, Sensei." Had Rufus been there, he would have popped out of Ron's pocket in glee of seeing his old friends. But Rufus wasn't there, Ron having left him at the Prom at the snack table with Monique accidentally.

And I was hiding

Till you came along

And showed me where I belong

You found me

When no one else was looking

How did you know, how did you know

"Surely you two were not thinking of splitting apart Team Possible?" questioned Sensei, sipping some tea from his cup as Yori poured some for herself, Kim, and Ron. Kim and Ron glanced at each other, then nodded glumly at Sensei. "Need I remind you of the ramifications of such an act? The world needs you. Do not let your personal feelings get in the way during missions."

"But what if the choice comes up? Save the world or save Ron?" Kim asked.

"You will know what to do. Besides, why not do both? Yamanouchi's graduates are always too happy to help. And the pendants will keep you in contact with Yamanouchi at all times. Personal feelings must sometimes be pushed aside for the greater good. It is how it is with me and Hirotaka-kun," answered Yori.

"Hirotaka? The dude on the red motorcycle? Not Erik, but the exchange student?" Ron vaguely remembered him, and when Yori nodded, Ron whooped loudly. "Good for you guys!"

"Indeed. Now, what are you two going to do?" asked Yori, almost chiding the two. Almost as if they didn't know what to say, the duo looked bemusedly at Yori, without words. "You're gonna go back there and resume fighting the villians!"

"Oh, okay," Kim still looked a little confused at the thought of just suddenly resuming saving the world without settling anything between her and Ron. Perhaps Yori was implying that too. "What do you say Ron?"

"Settle this first," Ron firmly decided. Slipping to the door, Yori and Sensei hastily left the room, giving the couple their privacy. "I'm sorry, K.P. I don't know why I bolted at the dance but..." Ron was silenced as Kim's finger rushed up onto his lips.

You found me

When no one else was looking

How did you know just where I would be

Yeah, you broke through all of my confusion

The ups and the downs

And you still didn't leave

I guess that you saw what nobody could see

You found me

"You aren't the only one who bolted, remember?" questioned Kim, looking embarassed. Ron gave a small smile, which Kim returned after a few seconds of deliberation.

"Guess I have your back even when bailing," he joked, fingering a leaf of the nearby potted plant. "I think Wade is going to be pretty mad with us for dumping the gear in the river if we go back."

"If? Ron, I don't think there's an 'if' about it. We have to go back. At least I do anyways," replied Kim, twisting a strand of hair in her fingers. She paused to look out the window. "I owe it to everyone." Ron turned Kim towards him.

"Kim, I go where you go. And you don't owe anyone anything. But you feel a sense of duty, as do I. Now, um, about the prom, I guess I got carried away and all with the kiss and I'm sorry and we can just go back to being friends and I want you to know that I care for yo..." This time Kim cut Ron off again.

"Ron, there is nothing more that I want, than to be your girlfriend, if you'll have me. I can be bossy, and uncaring, but I do care about you," responded Kim, a blush slowly creeping onto her face as she kept eye contact with Ron.

"I think that will work out," Ron said, smiling. No sooner had the words parted from his mouth, than the pendants whirred and Team Possible found themselves looking at the back of Wade's head where he sat, hard at work, at the tweebs' computer, scanning the globe. Wade's hair was a mess. "Dude, you okay?" Wade spun around at Ron's voice.

"Kim?Ron?"asked Wade. He then blew up. "Where have you been? Everybody has been worried sick that something might happen while you two were off! And dumping the gear! Do you know how long that stuff took to make? And you are going to be in so much trouble with your parents when they get back from the Stoppables', Kim!" Monique, clutching Rufus, came running into the room.

"Wade, is everything... Kim! Ron! You're back!" exclaimed Monique. Rufus squealed and scampered over to Ron. "Where exactly have you two been?"

"Here, there, everywhere," Kim answered, and the two proceeded to tell the unbelievable tale to their two friends.

You found me

(When no one else was lookin')

You found me

(How did you know just where I would be)

You broke through

All of my confusion

The ups and the downs

And you still didn't leave

I guess that you saw what nobody could see

The good and the bad

And the things in between

You found me

You found me

"Looks like T.P. is back in business," Ron declared, clasping his friends' shoulders. Rufus gave him a hug. Then the unexpected happened. Really it wasn't unexpected, but it was surprising.

Tossing her head back, Kim let out a long celebration cry," Boooooooooyaaaaaaaaaaaah!" Catching her drift, Monique, Rufus, Wade, and Ron joined in. "Booooooooooooooooooooooooyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!" As the noise echoed across the suburban landscape, two pairs of parents looked at their spouses, and rejoiced, holding each other quietly and lovingly.

Disclaimer: I don't own K.P. and Co. You Found Me is by Kelly Clarkson.

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A/N: Well, this is the end of Diablo FallOut. Thanks to all who reviewed and enjoyed this fic. Be sure to check out Twila Starla's 'Out of the Blue', it's an excellent fic about just how deep the poison of Bonnie's tongue runs in the lives of the cheerleaders. (That's as much of a clue as you're going to get.) Twila Starla was the inspiration for this fic, by the way, and you should credit her with inspiring me for this fic. She mentioned something that right now that I can't remember, but it formed the idea in my head. I apologize for the long delay, but I was on a family vacation.